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India’s First Children News Service’s Grand Launch in Mumbai

15 Nov

Jackky Bhagnani with Scrappy News service anchors and ReportersDelhi based NGO ‘Going To School’ under the platform of ‘Scrappy Kids’ launched India’s first children News Service called the Scrappy News Service on November 14th. The Scrappy News Service was launched on social video platform YouTube. Its grand launch in Mumbai had many noted guests and celebrities attend the event.

The launch witnessed the presence of actor/ producer Dia Mirza and actor/producer Jackky Bhagnani who were seen interacting with the kids from the Scrappy News Service at the launch.

The Scrappy newsrooms built completely out of scrap cater to the Children’s Scrappy News Service, a makeshift news service and news-talk-game show run by kids for kids, taking on India’s biggest problems and solving them with design-thinking and scrappy skills. Among the newsrooms set up in Mumbai, Bengaluru and across 14 places in Bihar, a list of innovative and interesting activities was planned for the newsrooms in Mumbai.

Says 10-year-old child anchor Dheeraj, “We want to make sure adults sit up and take note of the issues we are addressing and begin to act on the same.”

The Mumbai newsroom has been set up at the scenic Worli Fishing village which the Scrappy team feels is the real Mumbai – what with the sea as the backdrop and the skyscrapers adjacent and of course, the fishing boats bobbing in the water. Along with our scrappy kids we will have Children and Musical Band from Akanksha Foundation, Yuwa Football Team, Mumbai Dabbawala’s, An performance by Dance Out of Poverty Kids and others speaking about the issue ‘No place to play’.

Lisa Heydlauff, Founder, ‘Going to School’ says, “Scrappy means to create something out of nothing to change the way things are. And the good news is that Scrappy News is all good news. It’s about what you can do to make the world a better place. It’s a revolution that says we have no time left, let children lead.”

Padmini Vaidyanathan, Director, ‘Going To School’, “Children’s Scrappy News Service was created to showcase how kids think and how they can help in making the world a better place. It’s a children’s call to action.”Dia Mirza with the Scrappy News service Anchors and Reporters (4)

The Children’s Scrappy News Service launched simultaneously in Bengaluru and Bihar .

 

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‘No Shave November’ campaign to benefit cancer patient.

14 Dec

“No Shave November” a campaign with a cause, a movement which is all about saving money from no shaving & the proceedings to be donated to NGO “Access Life Foundation”img_2569

The cause is initiated by MonishChandan, a famous blogger from Mumbai who deeply supports the cause and feels the need to give back to the society in a constructive way. This event aims to help cancer patients and amplifies understanding that one out of ten households has a cancer victim or a survivor. Due to the fast paced & changing lifestyles, there is an ever increasing case of cancer in our society.

To take this initiative forward, an event was organized on 3rd December at Punjab Grill, Andheri West. A panel discussion was held to understand about cancer & how it is affecting our lives.

Our Emcee for the day, Samaira Wallani kept the audience enthralled & made the cancer surviving kids dance & sing during the event.

The panel discussion was led by Maria Vasudevan- Clinical Hypnotherapist, Shiraz Siddique- Cancer Survivor, Ankeet Dave- Executive Director – Access Life Foundation  & Ms. Ritu Gorai – CCO of JAMMS a popular Moms group in Mumbai and moderated by Sayanti Banerjee.

Monish Chandan, Campaign head says “My initiative is to raise funds, educate & research for Cancer & spread the awareness.  If you believe it we can do it, nothing is impossible. That’s what I think one should help and support and give back to the society. The first step to beat Cancer is to accept that it us just an illness and not a death sentence”
While Ankeet Dave , Executive Director , Access Life Foundation says “Access Life is a non-profit organization, committed towards working with children diagnosed with cancer or undergoing cancer treatment and making a difference in their lives. The mission of Access Life is to offer a home-like environment for these families and try to improve the quality of life of these children by providing practical support services, educational resources and recreations programs”

While Shiraz Siddique , Cancer Survivor says ““We feel that cancer is economically, emotionally, physically debilitating disease. It takes entire team of people with the patient to fight the disease. It is important to have such groups and events that can raise funds for pre-post-during the treatment and provide basic amenities like food, clothing and shelter to outstation cancer patients. Such patients find it difficult to find proper places to stay and also have hygienically cooked healthy food to eat due to monetary problems. Other important aspect is that sharing of experience of cancer treatments helps others to remove fear from heart and fight the disease better as well as recover fast.”

Ritu Gorai, CCO of JAMMS says “JAMMs network is a multi award winning support group for mothers in Mumbai… We connect online, meet offline and engage in various charity interventions. NSN was a great initiative and we were happy to associate with this noble cause to create more awareness about cancer”

The panel discussion was followed by live music performance by talented duo performers Vilas Nikam and Ashutosh Virendra from Shankar Mahadevan Academy and closing act by classical fusion dancer Aavinash Payal & famous singer Siddharth Sharma. There was a special performance by Singer Ashar Anis khan who enthralled the audience with his impeccable voice and style.

 

 

Kaveta Chaudhry directs Baba Ramdev in Yog Yatra. To air on Sony TV 1st, May

29 Apr

There is a buzz around  the soon to release  ‘ YOG YATRA ‘, a biopic on the life of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and his close friend Acharya Balkrishna.  In this film you will find Baba Ramdev donning  the actor’s garb shooting, rehearsals, riding the bike  enacting  his life journey of before being acknowledged as the Yoga Guru and becoming a global icon.

The promo has already garnered great excitement and curiosity among the business and film industry for the nature of its biopic. It is a 90-minutes film, but very meticulously showcases the life and evolution of Baba Ramdev and how he aspires to transform the life of people with yoga and ayurveda.

The film is written and directed by Kaveta Chaudhry and will be aired on Sony TV in a special screening on the 1st of May.  Promo link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgsE0cMYTcI

Kaveta spent months researching for the film and even while shooting, it was a revelation and rewriting of the scripts to bring to life the real episodes which created the legends.

Yog Yatra Poster 1Yog Yatra came to me with Acharya Balkrishnaji’s call for making a film on their institution, its foray of activities. I convinced them to expand the scope to including the vision behind Patanjali while including their activities. Then began my research in knowing Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna and revisiting their junctions in life…” says Kaveta Chaudhry.  ” The film showcases through the example of Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna that how by carving their own path & choosing to be who they are, both achieved global success!   The film also attempts to free us from the prevalent education system from marks orientation to an all round development that gives the strength to deal with different shades of life – with ease, joy and glory !”

Acharya Balkrishna shares ” We had seen Kaveta’s work during the making of a public service spot.  Also her past work profile resonates sensitivity combined with creative intuition which is very important in making a film of such nature.  When we look back, her passion and flair for story telling makes us glad she was a part of our journey forward.”

Kaveta Chaudhry (Writer Director ).pngKaveta Chaudhry gained popularity in the 90s for her TV series Udaan on Doordarshan. Actor-Director-Producer of this series, Kaveta Chaudhry essays the role of  Kalyani Singh who struggles through her journey to be an IPS Officer. The series was widely appreciated by the public, media and film fraternity as it was a first of its kind Indian tv series on woman empowerment.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTvlSglmGw8

Much before this, her role of the protagonist Lalitaji in the Surf advertisement set her apart as a thinking and independent woman.  To date she remains etched in the memories of the public as a figure to reckon with.

Watch the journey of a Yogi who reached Zenith. Watch some unknown facets of the lives of Swami ji and Acharya ji. A real documentary film on SONY at 7:30 am and 9am on May 1st, 2016.

 

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Harper India brings Beebop – a children’s series of book

16 Dec

The Beebop series of books bring alive a magical world where Beebop, the friendly bee takes Sarah, Jay, Zoya and Zubin on many marvelous adventures. Through the bottle-shaped tree, they enter a land where anything is possible and the only limit is your imagination! The books bring to light the element of wonder filled fantasies, make belief worlds and values of friendship, fearlessness and adventure. Beebop is a series of graded readers for three levels. The levels increase in complexity to allow for greatest success in ability and interest. The ratings take into consideration the following components: difficulty of vocabulary, sentence length, comprehension abilities, literary elements and subject matter. Each level consists of four story books and four accompanying activity books.

Manasi Subramaniam, who acquired and edited the book at HarperCollins said, ‘The Beebop books are fun, they’re funny, they’re charmingly written and beautifully illustrated. I’m so thrilled that Harper Kids is publishing a homegrown graded-reader programme: not only do the stories fit into a larger narrative arc, they are set to match the child’s learning curve at a slightly accelerated level. So as the stories continue and the characters grow, the language too alters in vocabulary and complexity. The series has given us a lot of joy.’

‘We are delighted to partner with Dream Theatre to bring this wonderful series of books for children. We hope Beebop will soon find a place on every child’s heart and bookshelf’, said V.K Karthika, publisher and chief editor at HarperCollins Publishers India.

There is no turning away from the fact that kids today are born in an age of technology. It is but inevitable that they are growing up in an environment of tremendous opportunity and information, leaving very little space for the “joy of discovery” and “the celebration of wonder” for both the child as well as for parents and caregivers. It is with this premise in mind, Dream Theatre conceptualized and created Beebop, India’s first home grown pre-school and infant brand. Beebop is a celebration of early childhood as much as it is of parenthood. The range of Beebop products includes toys, gift sets, sleep essentials and is now launching Publishing in partnership with HarperCollins, India.